The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo has said unknown gunmen, terrorists, cannibals, and other criminal elements have almost overrun the state due to the ineptitude of Governor Hope Uzodinma.
In a statement issued on Monday by its spokesman, Emenike Nmeregini, the PDP said the governor has failed to secure the lives and properties of the people of the state and has run the state to the ground.
The opposition party accused the governor of politicising the security situation in Imo and importing thugs into the state to terrorise residents of the state.
According to the party, the state has collapsed under the Uzodinma administration and has become one of the most indebted states in the South-East due to the governor’s huge borrowings.
It, however, described the Uzodinma government as illegitimate, saying that the Supreme Court forced the present administration on the people in the last two years.
The party said: “The illegitimate regime of Senator Uzodinma has without remorse, abdicated the primary obligation of government as prescribed by the Constitution, which is the security of lives and property. Rather, it has politicized an unfortunate security situation in the state which has continued to gulp countless innocent lives, everyday. Today, bandits, terrorists, cannibals, kidnappers and unknown gunmen are almost overrunning the State.
“Our party and indeed the people of Imo State regret that Senator Uzodinma suspended and summarily dismantled all the foundations and programmes our Rebuild Imo administration painstakingly put in place in all the sectors towards the rebuilding of Imo State.
“These and other programmes of the Rebuild Imo Administration were dumped by Uzodinma even when he embarked on a borrowing spree, in most cases, nocturnally, which has placed Imo as the most indebted state in the entire South East. This is worrisome given that the regime still cannot point to any landmark project it has done in two years to justify the huge borrowings.”
The PDP alleged that the Uzodinma government has failed to pay Imo civil servants their salaries and denied retirees their pensions and gratuity.
It also accused the governor of plunging that state into debt, adding that Imo has been the unemployment capital of the country in the last two years.
The party added: “Imo has collapsed under Gov. Uzodinma. In the past two years, Senator Uzodinma has willfully denied workers and retirees their salaries and pensions. When workers stage protests, they are tagged fake and brutalized by agents of the government. Also, the local government system has been completely emasculated, defunded and stripped of autonomy, thus, giving way for mass misery at the grassroots.
“This is obviously not the Imo State we envisioned for our children. Within the years under review, Senator Uzodimma has had neither a well-researched policy nor direction in the various sectors of the state. This is the calamity that has befallen our State.
“It is noteworthy that the relevant rating board, the Presidential Business Enabling Environment Council, has consistently placed Imo at the lowest rung of the ladder in terms of ease of doing business in Nigeria. Worse still, within two years, our state ranks highest in the South East in terms of infant and maternal mortality rates.
“We wish to encourage the people of Imo State to keep the spirit alive. This regime must expire very soon to give way for a PDP led government for the good of the people.”